Student Residence building construction project

3 Jun 2020

We’re developing a new student residence in the heart of our St Lucia campus at the corners of Walcott, Rock and Hood Streets. The perfect place to study, unwind and connect with new friends.

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The new UQ student residence will be both high quality and competitively priced to encourage the enrolment of a diverse cohort of students, including those from less advantaged backgrounds and from rural and remote areas. Integration with other services on campus will provide a seamless experience for students and will help them to adjust to university life.


The development of an on-campus residence will help UQ attract, support, and retain a diverse and inclusive mix of high-achieving staff and students and is expected to be open  from Semester 1 2022.

Phasing of time frames

Student Residence phasing of time frames

Project Updates and important information

  • Senate approved in December 2019
  • The contract has been signed with the builder, McNab
  • January to March 2020 - Demolition of the site by removing existing buildings and levelling the site with asbestos removal
  • April to July 2020 - Preparation of the site, including the removal of rock and piling works
  • Luffing tower crane installation – 4 June 2020
  • Commence pouring concrete slab for level 1 – from 24 June 2020
  • Permanent tower crane installation mid-July
  • Concrete to footings continues throughout July 2020
  • Stair and lift core walls continue throughout July 2020
  • Complete external painting of Cairngorm house
  • Precast installation to L1 Rock Street
  • Complete Level 1 detailed excavation
  • Underground services to Level 1
  • Services connections to Rock Street
  • Commence Level 1 slab pours

Traffic Management

  • Permanent tower crane installation – mid July 2020 
    • Access to all college driveways and carparks will be maintained during the process
    • McNab will have traffic control in place and it will be a busy environment, particularly with truck movement.
    • The Project Team would encourage that anyone that doesn’t need to use the surrounding streets considers an alternative route.
    • Cars may be stopped by McNab’s traffic control and held for up to 10 minutes while various parts of the crane are lifted into the air. 

      Energex Works

      • Energex planed works – end of July 2020 
        • Energex will return to complete overhead cables in Rock Street from the old poles onto the new poles
        • No impact or power outages are expected.

      Site works progress photos

      Aerial photo of Student Residence construction site
      Aerial photo of Student Residence construction site - May 2020
      Photo of Student Residence construction works - June 2020
      Photo of Student Residence construction works - June 2020
      Photo of Student Residence construction site - Cairngorm House
      Photo of Student Residence construction site - Cairngorm House - May 2020


      Steve Warfield,  Project Manager:

      Cameron Dockrill, Senior Project Manager: